Budget

Budget

Philly Mayor Cherelle Parker’s $6.37 billion budget – by the numbers

City Council gave initial approval to Cherelle Parker’s first budget as mayor early Thursday

News & Politics

Gov. Shapiro signs distracted driving bill into law

Under the new law, using a mobile device while driving will be a summary offense in Pennsylvania.

Decision 2024

A guide to Pennsylvania’s auditor general race

Republican Tim DeFoor and Democrat Malcolm Kenyatta face off in the race for the state’s top fiscal watchdog

Philadelphia

Five for Friday: Cherelle Parker’s executive orders six months in

Parker has used executive orders early and often to push her campaign priorities

Capitol Beat

Sen. Scott Martin talks PA budget, Senate GOP tax cut proposal

Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin was this month’s PA Press Club speaker.

Law Enforcement

Mayor Cherelle Parker’s Kensington ‘resolution’ clears out tent encampment around open-air drug market

The dismantling of tent encampments Wednesday morning came on the final day of a 30-day outreach window in the struggling neighborhood

Budget

Opinion: Fund Whole-Home Repairs and help PA homeowners

The president of Low Country Building Solutions speaks on the need for Whole-Home Repairs funding.

Capitol Beat

Josh Shapiro calls on PA Senate to pass medical debt relief legislation

The governor’s 2024-25 budget calls for a $4M investment in medical debt relief.

Joe Biden

President Biden calls on GOP to extend funding for affordable internet program

The Affordable Connectivity Program serves more than 763,000 Pennsylvanians

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Budget

PA’s structural deficit could shape budget battle for years to come

Pennsylvania’s budget cycle presents challenges both old and new as leaders grapple with a long-budget structural deficit.

Philadelphia

Gov. Shapiro touts $50M proposal for home repairs program in Philadelphia

Lawmakers said demand for the Whole-Homes Repair Program far outweighs current funding

Philadelphia

Cherelle Parker’s $6.29B ‘One Philly Budget’ prioritizes public safety, quality-of-life issues

The Philadelphia mayor offered the first glimpse of what her vision for the “safest, cleanest, greenest big city in the nation with economic opportunity for all” might look like

Policy

Cherelle Parker’s $6.29 billion budget – by the numbers

The Philadelphia mayor is delivering her budget plan to City Council Thursday

Budget

Updating story: Funding for Philadelphia LGBTQ+ center stripped out of congressional spending plan

The spending concession reportedly occurred following concerns arising over the usage of William Way’s rental space by third parties, which later led to online attacks from the far-right and anti-LGBTQ+ social media account Libs of TikTok.

Cherelle Parker

Mayor Parker has long promised to clean up Philadelphia – but how that happens remains unclear

Her early personnel and policy decisions have advocates questioning if the city will see more of the same

Energy

Reconsidering the reckoning over RGGI

As both sides dig in ever deeper over the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, fault lines and strategies become clearer, even as its future remains up in the air.